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Why And Whale Kids Subscription Box Review – May 2018

Brandi D.
ByBrandi D.May 21, 2018 | 9 comments

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The Why and Whale Monthly Surprise Pack is a subscription box for children ages 6 months to 6 years filled with 3-6 items such as apparel, toys, and books. Each month you will get something to wear, something to play with and something to try valued at over $59 per box.

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Boxes are specific to your child’s age and gender and items are handpicked for the right age development.

This review is for the boy, 2T box at $59/month + shipping.

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Why and Whale May 2018 review

About Why and Whale

The Subscription Box: Why and Whale Monthly Surprise Pack

The Cost: $59 per month + shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.

The Products: Each month you will 3-6 items handpicked for your child’s specific age and gender.

Ships to: U.S. for $4.95 and Worldwide

Why and Whale Monthly Surprise Pack May 2018 Review

Papoose Toys Felt Carrot - Retail Value $6.00

The first item in our box was this felt carrot from Papoose toys which is a Fair Trade item from Nepal. It is made of natural fibers and non-toxic dyes and is made by artisans from villages near Kathmandu. This carrot is cute and of course, my 2-year-old loved it because he loves all toy food. It seems well made and the little details on the carrot are cute and realistic. The non-toxic dye is nice for when it inevitably ends up in someone’s mouth! One really nit-picky thing I want to point out is that the tag clearly states that it is not suitable for children under 3. While I am completely guilty of not always following these guidelines, it’s hard for me to ignore this when my box is supposed to be handpicked specifically for a 2-year-old. Again, not something that affected my opinion of this box much, but just something to note!

George Hats 5 Panel Trucker Hat - Estimated Value $31 (The 5-panel hat we received seemed like a combination of the first one I linked to and this one with the Serape brim which is priced a little higher, so I met in the middle!)

This hat is SO cute! I love the colors, the style and how cute my son looks in it. It’s a little big and goofy looking on him, but he loves it and he wants to wear it non stop (he LOVES hats) so this is probably our favorite item in the box.

The hat itself is made of a nice, thick canvas material with the fabric brim. It seems like it’s really well made and has the adjustable snap strap in the back which means we can get a good fit and probably get a lot of use out of it since it’s a little big on him now!

Hide + Seek Harper Sunglasses in Ocean

Hide + Seek Harper Sunglasses in Ocean - Retail Value $24.99

These sunglasses are cute and seem to be good quality sunglasses that offer UVA/UVB protection. This is way more than I would ever spend on my kid’s sunglasses just because they outgrow them, break them or lose them so quickly, but I think this was a good item to receive in this box.

The style is cute and unique, although they are a little big for my son’s face. This isn’t a big deal to me though, because I’d rather receive something he can grow into than something that is too small. One great thing about the company, Hide + Seek, is that they donate one pair of sunglasses to an underprivileged child with every pair purchased!

Big Bee Little Bee ScrubBee Body Brush

Big Bee Little Bee ScrubBee Body Brush - Retail Value $7.99

The idea of this little silicone scrubber is that it can grow with your child and will help them learn how to wash themselves as they get older. The bristles are super soft and the cute little texture bee-hive handle is perfect for little hands. Another perk of this is that it resists mold and mildew- plus, no washcloths to wash, which is great for me. This was a fun new item to receive that I would never have heard of outside of this box.

The ScrubBee is dishwasher safe and it has a little built-in loop so you can easily hang it up to dry! My only question: how long can we really expect this little guy to last?

The little packet with the ScrubBee also included a coupon and a little card about their Snow Angel towel, which looks pretty innovative!

Midori Strawberry Flash Cards - Retail Value $3.60

When I first saw this I thought it was cute- mini flashcards on a keyring that can travel with you! Maybe with pictures of colors or animals or ANYTHING, but instead they were just blank. This is a great idea for an older kid who can read or a college student, but WHY would they send these for a 2-year-old? I really almost wish they hadn’t included these in the box, because it took away from the whole curated for your child feel. It wasn’t even something I could justify as maybe being a “mom gift” like some boxes send because I really don’t have much use for them either.

Verdict: Why and Whale was fun to receive and it mostly felt curated for my 2-year-old son. We were introduced to some new, quality brands which were great, plus they kept in line with their idea of sending something to play with, something to wear, and something to try.

As for value, the total came to $73.58 which is higher than their promised value of over $59. We paid $63.95 ($59 + $4.95) for this box and while the value was there, I’m not sure if it was entirely worth it since some of the items weren’t really useful to us. While we loved the hat, the sunglasses and toy weren’t anything special or something that I would seek out on their own, and of course, you know how I feel about those flashcards!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Since these boxes are curated to your child’s age and gender, what you receive could be completely different than what we received.

Value Breakdown: The cost of the subscription was $63.95 ($59 + $4.95 shipping) so here is what you are paying approximately for each item:

  • Carrot: $5.21
  • Hat: $26.94
  • Sunglasses: $21.72
  • Flashcards: $3.13
  • ScrubBee:$6.95

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Brandi D.
Brandi D.

I am a homeschooling mother of four. I am a former educator and have taught both elementary art and Special Education.

I have been reviewing boxes for MSA since January 2018 and have reviewed everything from activity and clothing boxes for kids to clothing, beauty, and pampering boxes for women. I have also reviewed boxes focused on home goods and even some men's boxes with the help of my husband! 

I love to discover new brands and try new things!

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Does why and whale ever have spoilers for their boxes?

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The blank flashcards are a little odd – but that hat is super cute!

I may have to get a scrub-bee for my toddler, though, as she really likes washcloths and anything else in the tub she can get her hands on to clean with. 🙂

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Wow $64 for that??? I’m sorry but that’s crazy expensive for not many items. The sunglasses look like ones from the dollar store. I wouldn’t buy my son expensive glasses cause he breaks his.

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Maybe the flashcards are so that you could make your own flashcards for or with your child?
That’s the only thing I could think of. Maybe you could put a color on one side and the name on the other or possibly an animal sticker on each one with the name on the other side. I agree it’s an odd choice for a two-year-old, though.

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Kara S

Brandi your little guy is soooo cute!

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I really enjoy the Why and Whale subscription. I must admit that this wasn’t my favorite month and I do think that it was all about the hat (which I do love by the way). I would give it another try if this was your first box. I also have a 2-year old and received the same items in my box. I totally agree with you about the flash cards, haha. I don’t know what to do with them. I will just let my kid use them for doodling. I really love the scrubBee though. My kiddo actually likes it much better than a wash cloth and likes to help clean body parts as I name them. The very good thing about this box is that although I might not see the full value in some things (like the sunglasses because I wouldn’t spend that much for kid’s sunglasses), at least we will get very good use out of them!

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Hi Rae,
That’s really good to know! I was so excited to try this box, so I’m glad to hear that you usually enjoy it. I’ll have to do that with the scrubBee- my son loves naming body parts so that will be a fun bath time activity! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

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Mellissa Plowman

I was so confused about the blank flash cards. Could your son color on them? So odd. Btw, your son seriously couldn’t be any cuter if he tried! Adorable!

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Aww, thanks! 🙂 And I think I will end up throwing them in my purse and using them as something small the kids can use to color on while we are out, but I’m glad I wasn’t the only confused one! Lol.

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